Circular Bioeconomy
in developing countries

What is Circular Bioeconomy?

“Building back better” after the pandemic to protect us against future crises requires an economic model that respects planetary boundaries and involves a circular bioeconomy with sustainable management of forested landscapes. This program works on:

  • Choosing goals: societal debates and decisions on diets, products, bioenergy, land use, and emissions in view of planetary boundaries
  • Going green: developing new biomaterials from forests, plantations and agriculture
  • Weaving it together: advising communities, businesses and governments on integration across value webs
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What is the relevance of Circular Bioeconomy in developing countries?

Wood and forest products are the backbone of economies in many developing countries. This could provide a favorable entry point to usher in more bio-based circular economy concepts in those countries and avoid the detours via fossil-fuel intensive solutions of the developed world. Also, innovations in the wood sector are advancing at a rapid pace, and it would be important that developing countries take part in this development early on.

What are we doing?

We will combine CIFOR and ICRAF’s joint experience with new approaches such as the integration of so-far separate production lines into interconnected, low-waste value webs, and with global discussions on production models and objectives: what to produce, where and for what purpose? We will pilot this innovative approach with stakeholders, producers and consumers focusing in particular on the rural-urban streams of goods in the surroundings of two medium-to-large cities in developing countries.

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